Life Day 26788 – Bear With Me

November 14, 2020 at 8:43 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of iconic American toys. Today is Saturday, November 14, 2020. It is the 319th day of the year and 47 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National American Teddy Bear Day

National American Teddy Bear Day is celebrated each year on this date. It commemorates the date of the ‘incident’ that gave the Teddy Bear its name.
The Teddy Bear is as American as baseball and apple pie. Although bear-type dolls originated in Germany, these dolls were referred to simply as “bears” and were much “gruffer” looking.
The Teddy Bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. After he refused to shoot a bear cub on a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902, the incident made national news. A famous cartoon of the incident by Clifford Berryman was published a couple of days later in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. Then, in 1903, Russian Jewish immigrant, Morris Michtom, saw the Berryman cartoon and his wife Rose Michtom designed a stuffed bear toy. Michtom wrote and asked permission from President Roosevelt to name the toy after him. “Teddy” Roosevelt responded, “I don’t think my name is likely to be worth much in the toy bear business, but you are welcome to use it.” And, the Teddy Bear was born.
Author’s Note:
I know that we have celebrated other “Teddy Bear” related holidays in this past year. However, this particular holiday, National American Teddy Bear Day, was created in 2000 by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company to honor the toys that have become a popular part of American culture, and remember the date in 1902 that President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot that bear cub.

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day was created to remind us of all the benefits of joy and laughter. Take things a little slower, de-stress and unwind. We’re all busy, and it’s easy to get caught up in a spiral of stress and angst. Take a mental step back, loosen up, lighten up, and find some balance in your life. Try to see the humor in situations that normally distress you. Or, to put it more succinctly, “take the stick out of your a$$ and enjoy life.”

International Girls Day

Media messages, cultural stereotypes, and peers often tell girls they have to look and act a certain way. International Girls Day is a celebration of girls, all kinds of girls, with all kinds of interests and strengths. It’s a day to celebrate what makes every girl unique, an opportunity for each girl learn how to realize her full potential.
This holiday was created in 2010 by the Kappa Delta Sorority on behalf of the Confidence Coalition. The celebration recognizes the spirit of girls and encourages girls to make their dreams a reality. Celebrated annually on November 14th.

Operating Room Nurse Day

Operating Room Nurse Day honors those dedicated nurses who care for patients before, during and immediately after surgery. It’s an important role, during a period where a patient’s comfort and life is in another person’s hands. These nurses are responsible for maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room, monitoring the patient during surgery, and coordinating care throughout the process. They are also responsible for making sure the OR team provides the patient with the best care possible.
This holiday was first established by Iowa State Governor Terry Branstad by Executive order on November 14, 1989.

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. It became an official United Nations holiday in 2007. It is celebrated annually on November 14th, to commemorate the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.
This holiday draws attention to issues of the millions of diabetes sufferers throughout the world and keeps diabetes in the public spotlight.

National Spicy Guacamole Day

Guacamole is one of America’s favorite dips for tortilla chips. There is no set recipe for guacamole. Recipes vary from region to region depending on the ingredients available locally and personal taste. Basically, guacamole is mashed up avocado with spices added.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some guacamole today; the spicier the better.

National Pickle Day

National Pickle Day honors the culinary history of pickles. Pickles have been a popular food for thousands of years. In 2030 B.C., cucumbers were imported from India to the Tigris Valley. There, they were first preserved and eaten as pickles. In ancient Egypt, people consumed pickles for their nutritional value and because they were thought to enhance beauty. Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her full diet of pickles. Centuries later, Napoleon believed that pickles offered health benefits for his armies, so he offered a huge cash prize to anyone who was able to preserve them safely.
There are many different kinds of pickles – Dill, Kosher Dill, Gherkin, and Bread and Butter to name a few. The term pickle comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine. Each year in the United States, 5,200,000 pounds of pickles are consumed. Pickles are a great snack, low in calories and a good source of vitamin K, though they can be high in sodium.
Handy to know: In the United States, “pickles” refers to pickled cucumbers. Other pickled vegetables are referred to as the vegetable or fruit, such as pickled carrots, pickled mango, etc. In the rest of the world, all pickled produce is referred to as “pickles” – If you want an American “pickle,” you’ve got to specify “pickled cucumber.”

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention:

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